Ah, today was one of those days when just being outside makes you glad to be alive. Except for having to go to the warehouse store for more dog food, but you do what you gotta do, right?
James and I took Moya with us on our errands, which has become the norm for any outing that involves the two of us. On a day so pretty, and so clear, it was too hard not to divert ourselves a bit and enjoy the scenery.
Here's James and Moya at the scenic overlook off Bridge Access Road. A long panoramic view of the mountains across the Inlet, including Mt. Redoubt which you can barely see next to Moya's right ear, is beyond the plain where the caribou herd is sometimes seen. (Not seen by us yet, but we're hoping to see it someday.) Just peeking into the lower right corner of this picture is a big metal telescope that you can look at the volcano through.
Here's some of the mountains beyond the plain. You might want to enlarge this one so you can see it better.
After lunch, we decided to take a quick trip down to Captain Cook State Park and let Moya have her first walk on the beach. But first, we noticed McDonald's had a 50 cent special on ice cream cones in honor of Alaska's 50th statehood anniversary. How can you resist such a deal on a warm summer day?
Here they are, on the path to the beach at the state park. Moya is uncharacteristically standing still at the moment!
This is what we came to see - the mountain range across the inlet. (Enlarge this one and get a better look!) I'd have preferred it if the tide were in so that Moya could have played in the water a bit, but this way she had a lot of rocky beach to explore instead. Just stay off those mud flats!